A 75-year-old Bellevue man surrendered after a two-hour standoff with police at his Newport Hills home.
The suspect, who police aren’t naming, allegedly threatened to shoot his contractor Thursday morning over a disagreement about work that was being done at his house, according to a Bellevue press release.
The man returned to his home, on the 125000 block of Southeast 52nd Street, where officers found him at about 11:30 a.m.
The man, who has allegedly threatened to shoot officers for walking onto his property in the past, allegedly threatened the officers Thursday who arrived at his home, said Seth Tyler, the public information officer.
At one point during the standoff, the suspect allegedly walked onto his back deck and blindly fired a shot into his backyard.
Police do not believe he was aiming at anyone, Tyler said.
After talking with police negotiators, the man met the SWAT team in his driveway.
He didn’t have a gun on his person, but did have a knife in his pocket. Police shot the man with a 40-mm sponge, considered a less-lethal shot, to take him safely into custody, Tyler said.
No one was reported injured during the incident.
“This is a great outcome today,” he said.
During the standoff, police evacuated nearby homes and blocked off parts of Southeast 52nd Street.
Police recommend the suspect be charged with first-degree burglary, felony assault and illegally discharging a firearm, Tyler said.
Elaine Hendrickson, a 50-year Bellevue resident, was gardening in her front yard when police asked her to go inside. She had never seen anything like this before.
“It’s always someone else’s neighborhood,” she said. “You never think it’s going to be yours.”
The Bellevue SWAT Team plans its approach in a standoff with a 75-year-old man in Newport Hills. BY CELESTE GRACEY, for the Bellevue Reporter
A Bellevue police officer gears up to help with a standoff with a 75-year-old suspect allegedly involved in an assault Thursday morning. BY CELESTE GRACEY, for the Bellevue Reporter
Bellevue Police SWAT team officers head toward the police line to confront a 75-year-old man in a 2-hour standoff. BY CELESTE GRACEY, for the Bellevue Reporter
Medical personnel treat a 75-year-old Bellevue man after a 2-hour standoff with police. A SWAT Team used a sponge bullet to subdue the man and take him into custody. No one was reported seriously injured. BY CELESTE GRACEY, for the Bellevue Reporter